Re: "10,000 ways”
I have been experimenting with this cultivar since the last two years, when i have been able to receive a couple of corms.
I grow it in ground from the end of April to the late August/early September, keeping in pot for the rest of the year.
When i ground it gets a lot of sunlight without any problem. My summer temps however are moderate, ranging between 25 and 36°C as max, and with an average of about 30°C daily max and 15-17°C as night temps. When indoor, it gets a very small quantity of sunlight (west window closed during most of the daylight hours) but it shows just a limited decline. Smaller plant do behave better indoor.
Since i got my first flower during this winter i can also comment on plant flowering height with my method: my plant flowered at almost exactly 120 cm of height and 32 cm of circumference at the base. I did find that the measurement of circumference is in good accordance with those written by doc. Fonsah on a paper on this subject, while height is slightly smaller, and i wonder if that may mean that my plant is stressed.
The plant did put out a fair number of suckers during growth, but i haven't determined the best moment to release one for the ratoon crop. I'm assuming sometimes when the plant is about 90 cm tall.
To keep the transplant and winter cover easy, I'm forced to practice the "single stem" growth, so i can't really comment on ratoon crops.
My plant have endured a single night with a minimum temperature of 5°C and they did very well after, so I'm assuming that this is the minimum temperature that this plant can sustain, at least as single night event. I will stick with the suggestion to keep veinte cohol above 10°C but occasional dips on lower temperatures won't kill a healthy relatively dry plant.
On last note, i do think (but i have not any data to back me up, that's just my opinion!) that this plant has a slightly higher optimum temperature compared to Orinoco and Namwah, it may be very fast, but to express all its speed, it needs higher temperatures. It does well in temperate climates, but the summer needs to be reasonably warm. I wouldn't suggest this for a grower in UK, this is what i mean, growth-wise. But I do think, that a grower in a continental climate can do pretty well with this one. Flowering is, of course, completely another matter.